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Swiss Bookstart project

Buchstart-SchweizThe Swiss project “Bookstart“ (Buchstart) views early language development as part of health development. Switzerland’s Bookstart aims to support all children born in Switzerland in their first year, and making the workld of books and knowledge accessible to them. Parents are made aware of how they can foster their child’s language and perception skills. Each child born in Switzerland receives a “Bookstart“ package containing several books in its first year. “Bookstart“ packs are handed out by paediatricians, parental advisors or libraries. Libraries create “Bookstart“ spaces and organise events for parents with small children. Libraries receive support from further training courses. In Switzerland, “Bookstart“ is a joint venture project by the Bibliomedia foundation and the Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media (SIKJM). The Swiss association of publishers and booksellers (SBVV) organises “Bookstart” clubs, thus the project is also located in bookstores.

Target Group:Babies;  
Internet:http: / / www.buchstart.ch

Institution:    Swiss Institute for Child and Youth Media